Smallholder agriculture in Africa. An overview and implications for policy

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Published: October 2014
ISBN: 9781784310912
Product code:14640IIED

Smallholder agriculture has long served as the dominant economic activity for people in sub-Saharan Africa, and it will remain enormously important for the foreseeable future. But the size of the sector does not necessarily imply that investments in the smallholder sector will yield high social benefits in comparison to other possible uses of development resources. Large changes could potentially affect the viability of smallholder systems, emanating from shifts in technology, markets, climate and the global environment. The priorities for development policy will vary across and within countries due to the highly heterogeneous nature of the smallholder sector.